Located on the Myanmar - Thai border in the eastern Shan State, is being upgraded as a gateway to the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai. The area is currently being developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Laos, Thailand and China. One can fly direct from Yangon to Tachileik in an hour. There is a ferry-landing site at Wanpon port on the Mekong River at the Myanmar - Laos border, 29 km from Tachileik. The port also handles goods shipments to and from Thailand and China. Wok is under way to develop to town as a exchange center for trading goods. A short flight to Tachileik will be the beginning of a tour of the infamous Golden Triangle. Tachileik sits on the banks of the Mekong River across from Mai Sai in Thailand. It is a cross border town. A one-and-half hour away from Tachileik we arrive at Mai Pong, where we can enjoy a boat tour of Mekong River.